JBWS is a private, nonprofit agency that provides safety, support and solutions for abuse for anyone who lives or works in primarily Morris County, NJ and faces the issues of intimate partner abuse.
Our Mission is the prevention of domestic violence through the protection and empowerment of the victim, the rehabilitation of family members, the advocacy for social reform to prevent partner violence, and the education of the public about domestic violence and its consequences.
JBWS from its early beginnings
In 1976, a small group of women in Morris County began a helpline to aid victims of domestic violence. When two of these callers were murdered by their husbands, the need for a confidential shelter became urgent.
From its grass-roots beginnings, Jersey Battered Women’s Service opened its shelter doors to the community in late December 1978.
Today, the agency has grown into a full-service, private, nonprofit domestic violence agency with programs that provide safety, support and solutions for all survivors of abuse. The services include 24-hour helpline; safe house; counseling for adults, adolescents and children impacted by abuse; transitional living, including life skills education and vocational counseling; legal advocacy; batterer’s intervention; teen dating violence prevention services; training for professionals; and community awareness and engagement programs.
In 2016, JBWS became the lead partner for the Morris Family Justice Center, a coordinated, one-stop domestic violence resource provided by multiple service agencies.
Beginning in 2019, the agency will keep its legal name Jersey Battered Women’s Service, but to do business as only JBWS. Now, anyone can feel welcome into the program and services regardless of the severity of the abuse, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
The vision of JBWS is to create a community-wide culture that refuses to tolerate the presence of any form of intimate partner violence.
More than 75 paid staff and nearly 200 volunteers work together with the help of the community to fulfill the agency mission.